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Waste Movement

Duty of Care

The main law concerning solid waste is the 'Duty of Care' which sets out storage, handling, transfer and disposal requirements throughout the waste chain.

The Duty of Care lays an onus on the producer of the waste to ensure that no one in the chain from collection to disposal commits an offence. Your responsibility for your waste no longer ends when it is collected; you have a duty to ensure that documentation at each transfer is maintained and a registered carrier always handles the waste. Your waste can be traced at every stage through disposal.

Government's version of Duty of Care

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Transboundary Movements

The Basel Convention was developed to control the transboundary shipment of toxic waste. Many third world and poor countries are paid to accept toxic and hazardous wastes from developed countries as 'secondary raw materials'. These are often then poorly stored and disposed of.

Pesticides banned in developed countries have been disposed of by giving them as aid to poor countries. The UN Rotterdam Convention now requires that countires have to be told (given 'Prior Informed Consent' or PIC) if they are receiving banned pesticides.

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